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FAT Brands Names Rebecca D. Hershinger CFO

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. announced the hiring of Rebecca D. Hershinger as Chief Financial Officer of FAT Brands. As the newest addition to the executive team, Hershinger will work alongside longstanding president and Chief Executive Officer Andy Wiederhorn to support financial and strategic goals for the Company.

La Brea Dining Group Names Clay Sanger COO

La Brea Dining Group, known for the JINYA Ramen Bar brand and Robata JINYA, recently appointed Clay Sanger as COO. Sanger brings over 30 years of experience to the Los Angeles-based restaurant group.

Hard Rock International Ranked Among Best Employers for Women

Forbes first ranking of America’s best employers for women lists Hard Rock International as a leading employer of women in the Travel & Leisure category.Forbes and Statista, a market research company, surveyed 40,000 employees of companies with more than 1,000 workers to compile the 2018 list of the 300 Best Employers for Women in America.

Lawry's Restaurants Names Ryan O'Melveny Wilson Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Ryan O'Melveny Wilson has been named Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Lawry's Restaurants globally.Wilson, the fourth generation member of the Frank and Van de Kamp families to be an active member of Lawry's, will oversee the 80-year-old brand's revitalization beginning this fall together with his uncle Richard Frank, CEO & Chairman of Lawry's Restaurants.

Ex-Popeyes CFO Mel Hope Takes Same Role at First Watch

First Watch announced Wednesday that Mel Hope has joined its executive team as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. This week, the leading breakfast, brunch and lunch concept welcomed Hope, who brings decades of experience leading complex public organizations like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Del Frisco's Taps Fresh Marketing Chief as 'New Era' Begins

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group has a new chief marketing officer to lead its growing portfolio. The company announced July 25 that Mia Meachem, formerly the marketing leader at Highland Park Village, is joining the company to direct Del Frisco’s overall marketing, innovation, and consumer engagement strategy.

Upserve Acquires SimpleOrder to Streamline Back of House

With food costs accounting for 28 to 35 percent of gross sales, tightly managing back-of-house management can make or break restaurant profitability. But unlike some restaurateurs who consider this to be the cost of doing business, Upserve sees it as an area ripe for innovation.

The Refresh of Brio Tuscan Grille, Bravo Cucina Gets Underway

Following the $100 million sale of 110-unit Bravo Brio Restaurant Group to Spice Private Equity, a Swiss subsidiary of investment firm GP Investments, American restaurateur Bradley D. Blum and the Brazilian-based firm announced the formation of a new restaurant company, FoodFirst Global Restaurants, Inc.

J. Alexander’s Promotes 6 to VP Roles

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of the J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, and Lyndhurst Grill collection of restaurants, announced the promotion of six executives to Vice President of J.

Former TGI Fridays President Named CEO of Eggs Up Grill

Eggs Up Grill, a chain of franchised breakfast and lunch restaurants located throughout the South, has named a new chief executive officer—restaurant industry veteran Ricky Richardson—as the company embarks on an aggressive growth plan under new ownership.

James Beard Foundation Shakes Up Leadership

Clare Reichenbach, Chief Executive Officer of the James Beard Foundation, announced the next phase of the organization’s evolution with newly created positions for six senior management team members.

USHG Taps Tom Mackenzie as GM for Upcoming Manhatta

Union Square Hospitality Group plans to open Manhatta, a neighborhood restaurant on the 60th floor of the 28 Liberty Street building in lower Manhattan. The current target opening is summer 2018. The kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef Jason Pfeifer, who has worked most recently as executive chef of Maialino and has also worked at Noma and Per Se.

9 Ways Restaurants Can Fight Harassment in the #MeToo World

After the shock and gut-wrenching details of #MeToo story after #MeToo story, the restaurant industry is left asking what it means to have a positive, supportive work environment. How can restaurants and brands move forward, post-#MeToo, to create a better environment in its wake?“I think it’s simple: Listen and be proactive.